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post #1 of 42 Old 06-12-2016, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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I searched on coolant but found the word is used far too often to help me find what I want.

The new owner sticky has a page in it that says to use e Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. It also says that failure to use it can cause damage to the engine.

I thought I read a post here a while back that listed other coolants that can be used in our cars. Can anyone helpa bruthu out?


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Maybe they can be, but why bother? Honda's coolant is ~$25 a gallon and that's good for 5 years. $50 (because you need 1.5 gallons) divided by however many miles you accumulate in 5 years = not worth worrying about. Just get it.

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IThe new owner sticky has a page in it that says to use e Honda All Season Antifreeze/Coolant Type 2. It also says that failure to use it can cause damage to the engine.
I translate that as failure to use it and using the wrong type of coolant instead.
Example: Using Dex-Cool.

Here is the thread you are looking for.

what intervals to replace coolant and timing belt
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I'm recalling a post from Drew03accord recently about the Walmart stuff having the same ingredients.

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For as little that you have to change it.... just use OEM....
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For as little that you have to change it.... just use OEM....
I won't argue with that. The difference is around 40 bucks per coolant change. I have multiple vehicles I own and also work on, so it works out better for me.

A gallon of Supertech concentrate Is about ten bucks and it yields two when you add the distilled water. My only gripe is the Honda Kool-Aid that leads you to think their coolant has special properties or does more, when the ingredients are the same.


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For passenger cars, my guess is that all coolants are pretty well alike and must have similar compatibilities with a wide range of metals, elastomers, gaskets, and surface treatments.

I've had the normal old Prestone product in countless cars since 1977. Never a problem, and not even a thermostat renewal.

But I think coolants for commercial Diesel engines can be substantially different.
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I am using Prestone. Used it for years and never had issues. Also, when the Honda guy did my timing belt replacement, that's the type of coolant he put in it. He's got no issues with it, and he's probably the best Honda tech around here. Used to work for Honda as well.

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I used to use Prestone until they changed the formulation. I believe it has silicates now.

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My own contribution to this thread is "to be skeptical". Don't just ASSume that because it is from Prestone, or Peak, or the brainiacs at General Motors, or even the good people of Toyota- that you should blindly trust it.

DexCool is a good example of a fluid that has wreaked havoc on thousands of cars because people did not use it as intended. Even Toyota had a huge problem with their red coolant crystallizing and ruining water pumps (my cousin's 2006 Camry Hybrid with 40,000 miles).

There is an old, excellent, and confusing as heck thread on Bob Is the Oil Guy that has a discussion amongst adults: Toyota red or pink | Cooling System Fluids & Additives | Bob Is The Oil Guy

The short version is: Don't mix brands and "types" of coolants. And don't ASSume that because product X is more expensive, that you are getting a better product, nor that it will be better for your exact car. I've had friends add GM's DexCool into their non-GM cars to "top off" while on a road trip, because it was very expensive and they thought they were buying better quality. Big mistake that reveals itself about 8 months later when the water pump stops working.
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I use Pentofrost A3 Blue. Remind me before I leave work today to check the jug I have in the trunk to see what the ingredients are; I can't seem to find an ingredients list for that specific kind online at the moment. Pretty sure it's exactly the same. Silicate-free, which is what I specifically looked for, thanks to the fine advice on DA I got it at AutoZone.

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I won't argue with that. The difference is around 40 bucks per coolant change. I have multiple vehicles I own and also work on, so it works out better for me.

A gallon of Supertech concentrate Is about ten bucks and it yields two when you add the distilled water. My only gripe is the Honda Kool-Aid that leads you to think their coolant has special properties or does more, when the ingredients are the same.


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The thread you put in about them being the same is what I was looking for. I've been using SuperTech for years and years in every car I own and last thing I wanted to do was go buy cash wasting Honda stuff. World's bigges CB (cheap bstrd) here.

It's why I tried the cheapo motor mounts first. It's in my DNA.

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I use Pentofrost A3 Blue. Remind me before I leave work today to check the jug I have in the trunk to see what the ingredients are; I can't seem to find an ingredients list for that specific kind online at the moment. Pretty sure it's exactly the same. Silicate-free, which is what I specifically looked for, thanks to the fine advice on DA I got it at AutoZone.
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